Asian Nurs Res.  2010 Sep;4(3):130-141.

Nursing Staff Stress From Caregiving and Attitudes Toward Family Members of Nursing Home Residents With Dementia in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. mhpark1@kmu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to examine nursing staff stress with their caregiving roles and attitudes toward family members of nursing home residents in Korea.
METHODS
The sample consisted of 267 nursing staff members from 10 long-term care facilities. Participants completed the Caregiver Stress Inventory and the Attitudes About Family Checklist.
RESULTS
The mean score on the total Caregiver Stress Inventory was 4.34 for nurses and 4.53 for nursing assistants (t=-1.42, p=.161). Nursing assistants reported higher stress levels than nurses from caring for the residents with aggressive behaviors (t=-2.28, p=.040). In contrast, nurses reported higher stress levels regarding resources deficiency (t= 2.18, p=.045). The mean score on the data from the Attitudes About Family Checklist was 4.45 for nurses and 3.56 for nursing assistants (t= 2.52, p=.025), indicating that nursing assistants reported more negative attitudes toward family members of residents with dementia.
CONCLUSIONS
The findings in this study showed a need for systematic educational programs for staff to enhance their dementia care knowledge, alleviate their stress, and finally change positively their attitudes toward family. As the number of dementia patients in long-term care facilities increases, it will be important for staff members to develop individually satisfying and mutually acceptable caregiving roles.

Keyword

dementia; long-term care; staff attitude; stress

MeSH Terms

Attitude of Health Personnel
Caregivers
Checklist
Dementia
Humans
Korea
Long-Term Care
Nursing Homes
Nursing Staff
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